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[puh-ten-shee-eyt] /pəˈtɛn ʃiˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), potentiated, potentiating.
to cause to be potent; make powerful.
to increase the effectiveness of; intensify.
Origin of potentiate
1810-20; < Latin potenti(a) power (see potency) + -ate1
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potentiation, noun
potentiator, noun Unabridged
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verb (transitive)
to cause to be potent
(med) to increase (the individual action or effectiveness) of two drugs by administering them in combination with each other
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Word Origin and History for potentiate

1817 (Coleridge) "endow with power," from Latin potentia "power, might, force" (see potential) + -ate (2) on model of German potenzieren. Related: Potentiated; potentiating; potentiation.

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potentiate in Medicine

potentiate po·ten·ti·ate (pə-těn'shē-āt')
v. po·ten·ti·at·ed, po·ten·ti·at·ing, po·ten·ti·ates

  1. To make potent or powerful.

  2. To enhance or increase the effect of a drug.

  3. To promote or strengthen a biochemical or physiological action or effect.

po·ten'ti·a'tion n.
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